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What are two of the most common injuries shipyard workers face?

The deck is one of a few places on a ship where shipyard workers are most likely to suffer injuries. As you may suspect, slips and falls are the most common type of injury that occurs on a ship's deck.

While there are a number of reasons that a worker may slip, they're more likely to do so when there's either a slick or wet surface. Other reasons these type of incidents occur is because workers fail to notice warning signs or use catwalks in a different way from how they should be navigated.

Reasons those working on large ships fall are far more predictable. These types of events most often occur as workers attempt to repair or replace masts, hatch covers, cargo holds or lashing bridges. In some cases, these incidents result from a worker failing to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary for the job.

Some of the most effective strategies shipyard workers can employ to reduce their risk of either slipping or falling is to clean up potentially oily or slippery surfaces when they first notice them. Workers should also always wear non-skid steel-toed shoes to give them necessary traction when moving about.

Aside from slip and falls, crane accidents are also quite common among workers on ships.

Ships are massive. It's because of this that lifting gear such as cranes often have to be used to hoist objects up from sea level.

Many ship workers have been injured when loads have fallen down on them. These incidents can happen while the crane is being operated by a poorly-trained operator. Often, these operators don't have the necessary experience to know to look for their co-workers to avoid dropping a suspended load on them. Had they simply used appropriate signals or walkie-talkies, such incidents could have been avoided.

In other cases, workers may be crushed beneath loads when hooks, slings or chains affixed to them give way.

If you've been injured after either slipping and falling or being crushed by a load on the deck of a boat, a Gulf Breeze shipyard accident attorney can advise you of your right to receive compensation for your injuries.

Source: Marine Insight, "7 most common types of accidents on ship's deck," Nachiketh Bhattathiri, accessed June 08, 2018

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